The next revolution in care and wellness for children

Embodied, Inc. is an industry leading robotics and AI company creating state-of-the-art companion robots to revolutionize human-centric care and wellness by enhancing quality of life for individuals and families.  

Through extensive research, we have developed a new platform, SocialX™, that provides a way to use natural human interaction to engage with technology. The first iteration of this technology is Moxie, an animate companion for children developed to help promote social, emotional and cognitive learning. 

We are passionate and mission-driven

We are continuing to build an amazing, high-performance team that works hard to innovate, collaborate, and solve complex challenges in order to serve our company mission and goals.

We are bold in our vision, relentless in its pursuit, and excited to be discovering new ways to provide positive impact to the families we serve.  We are committed to our mission not because it's easy but out of a shared boundless optimism that together we will put a dent in the universe.  


We believe there is no obstacle too difficult to overcome.


Who We Are

Paolo Pirjanian, Ph.D.

Founder / CEO

NASA scientist turned robotics entrepreneur who has helped create technologies for many products ranging from the Sony AIBO to the iRobot Roomba.  Former CTO at iRobot and CEO at Evolution Robotics.

Nikki Hurst, OTD, OTRL


A passionate child development expert with the highest credentials from University of Southern California and many years of hands-on practice focused on supporting neurodivergent children in achieving their goals and aspirations.

Stefan Scherer, Ph.D.


Machine learning scientist passionate about emotional intelligence and human behavior analytics. Comes from USC and the Institute for Creative Technologies.

Rachel Baynes

Community Manager

A research specialist with a background in education who has developed and managed research studies in the healthcare and technology sectors.

Craig Allen


A creative mind and successful operator who has shipped multiple million unit selling video games at Disney Interactive and The Jim Henson Company.

Eleanor Hsu

Head of Marketing

A seasoned marketer and entrepreneur that has led marketing teams from direct-to-consumer businesses to international marketing in home entertainment.

Mario Munich, Ph.D.

Chief Engineering Officer

Computer vision scientist transformed into a roboticist with a passion for building innovative products sold by the millions. Former SVP R&D at iRobot and CTO at Evolution Robotics.

Our investors


Our Team of Advisors

Donna Mitroff

Founder / President, The Kidvocate Group, LLC

Donna is the Founder and President of The Kidvocate Group, LLC with nearly three decades of experience in the education and entertainment industries. Donna received her Ph.D. in Education and her Masters in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She spent several years developing and evaluating curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center then joined the staff at WQED, Pittsburgh's public television station as Director of Educational Services. At WQED, she met and worked with Fred Rogers, creator of the long-running program "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" and helped him develop the original “Mister Rogers Plan and Play Book.” This project was one of the forerunners of the PBS Ready to Learn initiative.

Clara Lajonchere

Deputy Director, UCLA Institute for Precision Health

Clara Lajonchere, PhD is the Deputy Director for the UCLA Institute for Precision Health, and an Adjunct Professor of Neurology.  Dr. Lajonchere’s research has focused on disorders affecting the central nervous system, with an emphasis on psychiatric genetics and translational medicine. She has held several academic and leadership positions including Director of the NIH Center for Genomic and Phenomic Studies in Autism at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Vice President of Clinical Programs for the science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks. Dr. Lajonchere has worked in the field of autism for over a decade. She was the Chief Scientific Officer for Cognoa, Inc., a digital healthcare company, and has consulted for several tech start-ups in the autism arena focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, and targeted therapeutics.

Jeffrey Cohn

Professor Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Jeffrey sits on our advisory board to ensure that Moxie’s emotions and expressions were as helpful to children as possible. Jeffrey is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  He leads interdisciplinary and inter-institutional efforts to develop advanced methods of automatic analysis and synthesis of facial expression and prosody and applies those tools to research in human emotion, social development, nonverbal communication, psychopathology, and biomedicine (Google Scholar profile). His research has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Autism Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) among other sponsors.

Yves Behar

Founder, fuseproject

Yves is a design entrepreneur who believes that product, digital and brand design are cornerstones of any business. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco-based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also the Co-founder of start-up August, a next generation home entry system.  His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.

Kevin Knight

Chief Scientist, Didi Chuxing

Kevin is a world-renowned leader in natural language processing and machine learning, among other engineering disciplines, joined our advisory board to consult on all of Moxie’s technology, particularly conversational flow and machine learning.  After a long academic career (USC), Kevin Knight is currently the Chief Scientist for Natural Language Processing at Didi Chuxing.

Jon Snoddy

SVP, Studio R&D Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Jon is an American technology expert who is currently the Advanced Development Studio Executive SVP at Walt Disney Imagineering. He was the co-founder Big Stage Entertainment and has served as director, CTO, CCO and CTO in various technology/media firms. 

Hassan Sawaf

Founder and CEO of stealth AI startup

With more than 20 years of expertise in bringing cutting edge technology from academia to market, Hassan Sawaf is well-recognized in the field of applied science and machine learning, with applications in machine translation, speech recognition, computer vision, natural language understanding and dialog, process optimization, and other fields.